Detailed Packing List
Things to bring (Required Equipment)
Tent- (OA provides this item)
Backpack- (OA provides this item)
Sleeping Pad- (OA provides this item)
Sleeping bag- (OA provides this item)
Cup, bowl, fork and spoon - These can be metal, Tupperware, enamel, or plastic just as long as it’s resilient. Keep in mind that bulky bowls and cups take up valuable space in the backpack
TP in zip lock bag and hand sanitizer - We will go over this in detail at the pre-trip meeting
2 one quart water bottles - Nalgene or equivalent. You want a water bottle which can be stuffed into a pack or dropped without breaking. Hydration systems are also totally acceptable.
Personal medication - If you take any prescription medication daily remember to bring it on the trip.
Toiletries (not the kitchen sink)- at least bring a toothbrush and toothpaste
Sun glasses, sun block, sun hat, BUG SPRAY
Matches / lighters
Rain Gear - jacket, pants - We recommend breathable, lightweight, packable waterproof gear. Columbia, Marmot, Red Ledge, and all the other big outerwear names make some variation of packable waterproof jacket/pants with a variety of prices and qualities The classic plastic raincoat and bibs are too heavy and hot for this type of trip. We have a limited supply of rain gear we can provide for this trip.
Gaiter- Made of synthetic material or leather, they cover the shoe and lower leg, to protect against rips, stains and getting mud or snow in your boots.
Synthetic long underwear - This includes wool or polypropylene. A mid-weight top and bottom would be perfect for this trip.
Fleece jacket or wool sweater - Something warm and packable.
Quick-dry pants (no jeans!)- There are several types of quick-dry pants on the market. They are made by Columbia , Mountain Hardwear, and many others. Some types are made to zip off into shorts which are very nice for variable weather conditions. Cotton is a huge no-no for clothes in general and especially pants. Don’t wear cotton pants!
X pairs of warm (wool or synthetic) socks and X pairs of underwear- Don’t skimp on the socks. Bring a pair of liner socks as well in case you’re blister prone. Remember cotton is rotten even when it comes to underwear.
T- Shirts - Make sure they are non-cotton.
Warm wool or fleece hat- You loose the most heat out of your head when you are all bundled up so protect it.
Suitable hiking boots (broken in and re-waterproofed)- Your boots will make of break your trip so make sure they are broken in and beefy enough for the trip. In addition please waterproof your boots thoroughly.
Camp/river crossing shoes - Your camp shoes will double as your river crossing shoes. This becomes a bit of an issue if your shoes don’t dry out quickly. Whatever the choice do not bring open toed sandals (we have found that they are a great way to tear off a toenail) and make sure the shoes are packable.
Recommended (Trip specific and/or optional)
Neoprene or dedicated wet wool socks (for river crossings)- Alaska’s streams and rivers are cold all year long so it’s nice to have an insulating layer between your stream crossing shoes and your feet.
Pocket knife - Nothing fancy a folding blade is just fine.
Bandanna / small towel / washcloth
Book, journal, and playing cards
Camera / film, binoculars, field guides
Shorts - No cotton!
Personal snacks - Remember that they need to go into bear proof containers at night.
Mosquito head net- A very good idea in camp.
Personal first aid kit - In case you have any specific quirks i.e. you have a very specific blister treatment program.
Extra plastic bags and Ziplocs- You always need more of these on a trip.
Spare glasses / contacts - This includes saline solution and other contact paraphernalia.
Trekking / ski poles - (OA provides this item)
Money (~$30) - In case we stop for dinner on the way back or coffee on the way in.